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Ruby Memorial Hospital Celebrates 25 Years

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MORGANTOWN -

Ruby Memorial Hospital was "made in the 80's" and this years Employee Appreciation Picnic proved it. The event was held on the 25th anniversary of the hospital's opening.

Employees that have been working at the hospital since its opening in 1983 said it was hard to believe.

"I remember us going into the building when it was just a shell and preparing," said Mary Fanning, a 30-year employee of WVU Hospitals and the Director of Nursing Administrations at Ruby Memorial Hospital. "I worked in the ICU at the time and we were designing our rooms. And then to have moved patients over and been there as a nurse all these years, it's just really amazing."

Different departments set up booths, complete with 80s themes, food, and live music.

Ruby Memorial Hospital was all made possible by the first donation from Hazel Ruby McQuain.

"She paid for about 10 percent of the cost for the original construction of Ruby," said Bruce McClymonds, the president of WVU Hospitals. "Back then it was by far the largest gift ever given by anybody to any non profit before in the state. It sort of kick started the whole process, I think that's worth remembering."

Employees remember the very beginning of their move and how things have changed; especially technology.

"When we moved we were using walkie talkies and today I'm sure we'd be using cell phones and texting," Fanning said. "The way we document our patient care, and just all the opportunities we have for our patients here. It's just wonderful."

The hospital is planning several events through out the fall to celebrate the 25th anniversary.